Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

YMMC Winter Concert at Sunset Center

Soloist Amadeus Soria & Conductor Farkhad Khudyev

The last two weeks have been challenging for Youth Music Monterey County orchestras, for this was a time during which rehearsals were inconvenienced by a series of violent storms bringing widespread power outages, downed trees and impassable roads. Somehow the young musicians participating in YOSAL and YMMC got it all together in time to present a Winter Concert that was as refreshing as it was inspiring.

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Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Competition, Orchestral, Youth Music Monterey


Catalyst Quartet

Violist Paul Laraia, cellist Karlos Rodriguez, violinist Karla Donehew Perez
and violinist Jessie Montgomery

When the Catalyst Quartet appeared at Sunset Center last night, courtesy of Chamber Music Monterey Bay, we heard four fabulous musicians and a fabulous program — by any standard, a great combination. Every once in a while, we hear a concert in which the polish and refinement of the musicians’ individual mastery combined with their ability to respond to each others individual artistic skills produces a concert in which there is an inevitability about the playing. Simply said, it was difficult to imagine the works they performed being played any other way.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Strings


Monterey Symphony — Sound Waves, Third Concert

Conductor Max Bragado-Darmen

During my 45 years on the Monterey Peninsula I don’t remember ever experiencing such a powerful set of storms as we have just witnessed during the past two weeks. And, it has had its toll, for at the Monterey Symphony concert last night at Sunset Center there were pockets of empty seats throughout the audience. Even though the brunt of the storm has hopefully passed, there are still people on the Peninsula without electricity, and some of us are still without telephone landlines and internet access (I am able to write and post this review thanks to my being able to tether my iPhone’s internet hotspot to my computer).

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Monterey Symphony, Orchestral


Brentano Quartet & Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo at Sunset Center

It was a pleasure to welcome back the Brentano Quartet for a return engagement after its highly acclaimed performance for the Carmel Music Society in 2013. On this occasion, the quartet was joined by 29-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, Gold Medalist at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, who had recently appeared on the Carmel Music Society’s series in September 2018.

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Archived in these categories: Carmel Music Society, Chamber music, Classical Era, Piano trio


Ensemble Monterey at St. Philips Lutheran Church

Music Director/Conductor John Anderson has a reputation for “knocking ’em out of the ballpark” with his extraordinary ability to find and present outstanding soloists and the best musicians from our community in a series of innovative programs. Well, he did it again last night at St. Philips Lutheran Church in Carmel Valley where an SRO audience was alternately thrilled, enlightened and entertained in Ensemble Monterey’s program, “Song and Dances.”

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Orchestral